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There's simply no better way to explore these stunning countries than by bicycle. Although it may seem old-fashioned to some and hard work to others, road cyclists are rewarded for their efforts with the most incredible panoramic views and hidden little-known treasures that they stumble upon en route.

The list of road cycling destinations and must do routes worldwide is endless, but here are ten of the best to give you a taste of what's out there just waiting to be discovered.

toubkal

Taking in the beauty of the Atlas Mountains, the calm of the Zagora oasis, the liveliness of Marrakech's souks and the vastness of the Sahara desert, the nine day road cycle tour of Toubkal promises cyclists stunning scenery and beautiful riding.

The 425 mile loop follows Morocco's highest roads passing from the mountains to the desert and back again. There's plenty of uphill stretches as well as satisfying descents along this long distance route.

corsica

Taking inspiration from last year's Tour de France that begun in Corsica, keen road cyclists can now enjoy a seven day 'Tour de Corse' organised by KE Adventure.

Beginning and ending in the seaside town of Bastia, the cycle route passes the red granite Calanques de Piana set against the bright blue sea and soars through chestnut forests and pine forests before discovering hidden away coves. The entire route spans 450 miles making it a challenging but a hugely enjoyable cycle route.

lands end

An absolute must-do cycling holiday for any bicycle-loving Brit, the route from Lands End to John O'Groats spans over 1000 miles and passes through three different countries.

As you travel from the most southern point of Britain right up to the most northern tip, you will pass through Cornwall, the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria and past the Loch Ness. Following a constantly changing landscape each day you will be surrounded by a new accent and local delicacies to try. Start with a cornish pasty in Cornwall and end with a plate of haggis in Scotland.

california

The USA has heaps of road cycling routes to choose from but the California Central Coast route is one of our favourites.

Starting in the wine region of Paso Robles cyclists will pedal past extinct volcanoes, white sand beaches, farming towns and canyons en route to the finishing point in Santa Barbara. A fairly easy route, the 350 kilometres are recommended to be completed in six days.

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Stretching from Alexandra to Middlemarch, the 150 kilometre Otago Central Rail Trail takes cyclists on a scenic historic journey past mountainous landscapes, viaducts and river gorges.

It's possible to complete the cycle route in just a day but for those wishing to make more of a holiday out of it, you can fill five days by stopping off at attractions en route and exploring any number of the twenty towns you will pass through.

lombardia

An extremely scenic cycle ride, a six day tour of the Lakes of Lombardy takes you from Italy into Switzerland along the edge of Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano and finishes with a lovely downhill stretch to Lake Garda for a well-earned gelato.

Mixing stunning scenery with plenty of opportunities to sample fine foods and wine, this tour even gives participants the chance to visit a world famous cycling museum.

emerald mountains

Colombia is increasing in popularity as a cycling destination and with its untouched Andean highlands and dramatic mountains, it's sure to head to the top of the list very quickly.

To get there before everyone else does, embark on a ten day ride across the Emerald Mountains guaranteed to be one of the most peaceful and remote trails you've ever ridden.

vueltas classic

Taking in the beautiful Somiedo UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fuentes Camores and the incredible Picos de Europa National Park, the Vuelta Classics cycling route in northern Spain is absolutely stunning.

Over six days of biking you will get to climb the feared Alto de L'Angliru and descend through the magical Beyos Gorge to the picturesque Cantabrian Coast.

geneva to nice

For a taste of the Tour de France, cyclists completing the Geneva to Nice cycle tour will get to climb the Galibier and Iseran as well as pedal across Europe's highest paved road, Cycle Cime de la Bonnette.

Following the Route des Grandes Alpes this is an epic 440 mile alpine adventure completely on surfaced roads.

bangkok to phuket

Beginning just south of the Thai capital, the Bangkok to Phuket cycle route crosses from the east to the west of the tropical Thai-Malay peninsula.

Five hundred and thirty one miles of stunning coastal and limestone mountain scenery await as you cycle past colourful Buddhist temples, through national parks and along seemingly endless beaches.

The route ends in the stunning holiday island of Phuket, the perfect spot for that well-earned rest at the end of eight days cycling.

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